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  1. Ctrain The near Future Series 9 Cars

    That goes both ways. The doors may be set up for a "logical middle ground", when that point is not in fact conducive to proper operations at that facility. That may be the case with San Fran. Dan
  2. Streetcar News

    Not necessarily, at least not yet. The union is grieving it. Dan
  3. TTC Ride Guide

    Committed is definitely not the word that is appropriate in this case. Dan
  4. Cummins

    A steering tag axle is only going to make a difference at low speeds/lots of steering input, and only to prevent tire scrub and thus wear. It doesn't help with handling at all, as the pivot point is and remains the duals on the drive axle. Dan
  5. Miscellaneous TTC Discussion & Questions

    To add to this..... BAI is reportedly asking for a mint for access to the infrastructure. I suspect that the cartel of Bell/Rogers/Telus is trying to pressure them into dropping the price into something they feel is more in line with what they are willing to spend. Dan
  6. Blue Lamps in TTC Subway Tunnels

    It's not just the emergency phones. Each light signifies a power cut location for that particular block as well. Dan
  7. Miscellaneous TTC Discussion & Questions

    That's definitely not a rumour. Dan
  8. Miscellaneous TTC Discussion & Questions

    Until about the early-1990s, there was a spur that ran into Hillcrest on almost the exact same alignment as the current spur. Cars were loaded and unloaded in much the same way as the LFLRVs are today, with the exception being that CLRVs were short enough to fit onto a single car. If you go back further though, until about the late 1960s, there were other spurs that faced the other way as well. One of them ran to a location between the western property line and what is now the Duncan Shop building - this was the track used for loading and unloading equipment. The other spurs were used for things like garbage and scrap pick-up, and offloading of track materials. Dan
  9. Miscellaneous TTC Discussion & Questions

    How do you reduce service on Sheppard when they're already running at their maximum headway? As for the SRT, they used to increase the rush hour headways during the summer by removing one of the two rush hour trains, but that was also 15 years ago when the equipment was running a bit more reliably than it does today. Also, probably 3/4s of all of the surface routes see reductions during the summer months, so it's certainly not just a subway thing. Dan
  10. I don't want to say with absolute certainty, but it at a quick blush it does look that way. There was a very, very similar scheme that was used on many properties in the US upon the launch of the New Look in 1959 that seemed to peter out towards the end of the 1960s. The earliest version of the TTC scheme looks to follow this lead, as do the schemes for Connecticut and Detroit from around that time. Dan
  11. PRESTO - GTA Discussion

    Use them. To be slightly less sarcastic, I don't carry them in my wallet, as I've had issues with interference from other cards in there. I carry them in my back pocket, along with my Metropass. I use it several times a week (although not as frequently as my Metropass), so it sees a lot of in-and-out - but because its contactless it shouldn't have any issues with wearing out stripes or contact pads, right? But all three times that they've failed, the chip has separated from the antenna. And every time, I've been told that it's a usage issue, and that I have to pay for the replacement. (I've also been given incorrect directions on setting up a replacement card twice at Danforth GO, but that's a different complaint.) Dan
  12. Miscellaneous TTC Discussion & Questions

    The TTC has been doing this - moving people around - for almost 100 years. Don't you think that they may have a slight idea as to how the traffic/ridership patterns work after all that time? Dan
  13. Going back to the 1950s and 1960s, Canadian Car & Foundry and GM were both fond of doing this kind of thing. CC&F especially had a standardized livery design that was used on almost a dozen properties across Canada, with the colours being the only difference. And GM with the New Look had a couple of standardized designs that properties could start with. Even into the early RTS era, GM continued to do this - Long Beach for one used a sort of "standardized" GM livery design. Dan
  14. Toronto King Street Pilot Project

    And replace them with what CLRVs? Dan
  15. TTC Service Changes

    I can't show you a photo, but I can assure you that I did witness them in the station during one of the scheduled weekend service outages last year. Dan